QuickHealth To Open No-Insurance Health Clinic in San Francisco
Burlingame-based QuickHealth on Feb. 1 will open a "retail health care store" -- a clinic that does not accept appointments or health insurance -- in San Francisco, the San Francisco Business Times reports. The company opened a similar clinic in San Mateo in August 2005.
QuickHealth is targeting the estimated 120,000 uninsured San Franciscans by telling them upfront the cost of different medical exams, procedures and treatments. QuickHealth officials say the retail clinic model reduces costs to the patient by eliminating overhead costs associated with billing, and by investing in electronic medical records technology and in-store diagnostic equipment.
Doctors at the clinic treat "routine family medical problems," such as ear aches, fevers, sore throats and rashes, as well as providing immunizations and physicals, according to the Business Times (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 1/30).